Minute 1.05 Mostert stops Bargie dead in his tracks....ball is lost backwards but recovered.
Minute 1.10 Mostert has gotten up and made the next tackle out wide on the Bargie 13 in space, brings him down cleanly.
Minute 1.23 Stephanie shoots out of line opening a huge gap for Sanchez, he runs through the space Stephanie vacated, outside his marker Mostert, who makes a diving tackle attempt but misses....Stephanie gets back to the next breakdown and fails to slow up the ball at his feet.....Bargie try.
Minute 7.03 Mostert in joint tackle on Bargie....stopped dead.
Minute 7.06 Stephanie a bit late to prevent Sanchez pass.
Minute 9.41 Stephanie makes his first tackle and is carried back 2 metres.
Minute 10.5 Mostert and Stephanie combine with others to stop 2 phases effectively.
Minute 10.28 Stephanie tackles but is knocked backwards, good Bargie ball.
Minute 26.06 The Bargies finally have the ball Mostert a joint tackle, no forward movement.
Minute 26.12 Stephanie and Pollard joint tackle, Bargie driven back by Pollard who is in the stronger position.
Minute 26.28 Tackle by Mostert, driven back a metre.
Minute 26.48 Stephanie meets a stationary runner on the side of a ruck and pushes him back a metre.
Minute 28.26 Stephanie backs up Kolbe's kickoff tackle, gets pushed back.
Minute32.24 Mostert drives the Bargies towards touch in a joint tackle.
Minute 33.20 Bargie runner cuts inside Stephanie , who has left too wide a gap
Minute 36.06 After kick chase Stephanie meets Bargie high, who shakes him off and goes to ground.
And thus ends the first half. No evidence of dominating Steph or Mostert tackles. Two cases where the player was able to take the space Stephanie left on the inside.....one of which led to a try. The second half to be posted later.
Minute 40.10 Mostert man handles the Bargie receiver and puts him on the deck.
Minute 46.00 Stephanie stops the first runner off the ruck effectively in a goal line stand.
Minute 48.42 Mostert and Nyakane tackle, the runner makes a metre in the tackle.
Minute 48.53 Stephanie and Etzebeth stop de la Fuente who makes a metre in the tackle.
Minute 49.17 Mostert stops Alemanno dead.
Minute 59.19 Allende tries to tackle Kremer and Mostert tries to hold him up from the top, but he breaks Allende's tackle and Mostert falls off as he makes 5 metres.
Minute 59.30 ...In open field inside our 22 Stephanie badly dummied by del la Fuente, could have been dangerous ....but the cover gets him.
Minute 60.19....Kremer round the corner at pace, Mostert stops him dead.
Minute 60.33 ....Good line speed by Stephanie, Bargie drops the ball.
Minute 62.46 ...Boks high kick Mapimpi and Stephanie tackle the receiver.
Minute 62.55 Mostert and Malherbe stop a Bargie dead.
Minute 65.39 Stephanie tackles from behind, Bargie breaks free but goes to ground.
...........by the way Stephanie's pass to Kolbe for the try was way forward....back to the... er ...dominating tackles:
Minute 68.37 ..Stephanie grabs Bargie as he reverses off the ruck and he and Louw push him backwards for Louw to create another turnover.
Minute 73.40...Anonymous Bargie breaks Steph's process tackle
Minute 73.48 ..Stephanie makes a good ankle tackle.
Minute 74.26 ....Mostert makes another head on dead stop tackle
Minute 74.41 ....Mostert brings down Urdapilleta who is attacking the space outside him with an excellent low tackle.
Minute 79.40 Bargies break from a broken scrum, Stephanie gets back to make a good tackle.
So that's it. My conclusions are the same as last year. There is no difference in the quality of tackles......they both defend well but Mostert is a slightly more secure tackler......especially head on where Stephanie's lack of lateral mobility is a risk.
They are both lock/flanks, but oddly the smaller man Mostert is the better tight forward and lineout exponent. Which leaves us with Stephanie on the flank possessing no ground game and with some tackling vulnerabilities.
It's hard to believe this isn't going to cost us at some point.